I am absolutely one for making New Year’s resolutions post-Christmas time. I think they are good for keeping me focused and to get me into good habits. Like health and well-being. New year, new start – right?
However, it is also SO easy to break resolutions too. Usually quite quickly. Especially if they’re pretty big, and far too unachievable.
By recording my resolutions here (for the year of 2016) I am hoping that it will mean that I will be able to keep them and stick to my plans. Not only will I be able to refer back to them frequently, but they’re also set in stone (well…writing) and so there’s more pressure not to fail.
Here’s hoping, anyway.
I have been on a bit of a ‘journey’ over 2015. 6 months ago we moved over 100+ miles away from our North Wales home and relocated (due to Hubby’s work) to Worcester. It was a scary decision, but we went for it, and we have embraced our new life with as much energy as we can. It has definitely been a positive move and we love our new home. We are excited about exploring more of the area and making new friends in 2016.
I have also decided not to return to Human Resources, (HR) which was the career I had before I had the twins. I have instead launched myself as a freelance writer. This blog now provides me with an income and I write regularly for the website New Home Finder. I also have a few other things in the pipeline work-wise for the new year ahead.
This has been a scary change of course for me, moving away from a profession that I was in for 10+ years. But also really exciting. I just LOVE my new ventures so much and feel passionate about it. 2016 makes me feel rather excited about what is yet to come.
But best of all are the twins. They are at such an amazing age. They are funny, brilliant, amazing and wonderful. 3 years old feels way easier…and much more fun. I love their characters and we can do so much more together than ever before. There are still meltdowns here and there, but being able to talk to them and reason with them makes a big difference. My little family are my world.
So with that in mind – here are my 2016 New Year’s resolutions:
1// To stay fit. To continue with my running and feeling great. I have lost weight and toned up since getting back into my fitness again, and I want to keep it going into the new year. When the twins start pre-school in January I am going to start going again and up my runs to 3 times a week.
2// To be more adventurous. I am a good parent to my twins. We go out most days, and I try to ensure that their activities are varied and educational. But….over the last 12 months I have found that there is only so far you can go with two crazy toddlers in tow, and I have therefore avoided going out too far from home. For 2016 though I want to be far more adventurous with them. Taking them further afield. Even staying out all day and having lunch out! And experiencing far more than beyond the park, woods and soft play zones. I feel more confident with them now and trust them so much more. I am planning where we can go and what we can do.
3// Holiday…it would be so nice. Hubby and I have both agreed that we are ready to take the children and go abroad for our family holiday next year. Until now, the thought of taking them has filled us both with sheer terror. But we are really keen and willing to take them to new places and enjoy new adventures. We cannot wait to see them on a beach and swimming in a hotel pool. Bliss.
4// To further develop my writing. I have loved writing my blog, and want to continue – as it brings me such pleasure. I have already written about developing my photography skills, as that is something that I have become really passionate about. I would also like to keep writing for other publications. I am currently writing for New Home Finder and Emma’s Diary and I love how they challenge me to write differently. I see 2016 as being all about further developing my style and learning more about my craft.
5// Time for me. The fact that Harry & Lottie now attend preschool has changed my outlook and my time. I am more able to enjoy time for myself. I vow to plan time each month – whether it be a hair appointment, coffee with a friend or a pampering session, I am definitely going to enjoy some time for myself. I need to relax more and unwind and not feel guilty for these little moments anymore.
So there are mine! Short, sharp and sweet. Easy! (Kind of!)
If you fancy making some for 2016 too…here’s how to make some New Year’s resolutions that you can keep!
- Don’t make too many. It’ll be harder to keep them all.
- Make them easy to reach, smaller goals, rather than more difficult, unattainable ones. Otherwise it will feel like too much effort and may put you off.
- Make them with someone. Hubby and I have chatted about my New Year’s resolutions and agreed them together, and talked about how he can help me achieve them too.
- Write them down. Put them in a diary, notepad or on your phone where you can refer to them easily.
- Keep referring back to how you are doing and checking where you are up to. Ticking some off as achieved will feel great!
So, with that – good luck!
Let me know how you get on and I will keep you regularly updated too.
Happy New Year,
Love Jess x